A day celebrated with a difference

Gurgaon: As most of the schools celebrated Children’s Day with their kids on Friday, a city-based institution celebrated the day as a “day of sharing and giving” with those who are less privileged than them.

Ipsaa – a daycare centre in Gurgaon, invited children from nearby villages, construction sites and NGO, to join them for an evening filled with entertainment and love. Ipsaa’s initiative is to inspire children to share, care and grow together. The school wishes for a sensitive and inclusive society by making children compassionate, caring and aware of lives around them that are not so privileged.

Every child is entitled to a meaningful childhood. But for many children, the reality of childhood is altogether different. They suffer from hunger and homelessness; work in harmful conditions and do not have access to quality education and healthcare. Every second child in India is malnourished. About 47 out of 1000 children die before completing their first life.

“There are many children around us that we do not pay heed to in our day to day lives. Ipsaa celebrated this Children’s Day by acknowledging and honouring their presence and providing them with an opportunity to be a part of all of us,” Kanchan Mittal, who is the co-founder of the school, said.

“Ipsaa children have very thoughtfully collected toys, books, and other gifts to share with other children who are not as lucky as they are, and do not get to enjoy the privileges that they do. We have invited these underprivileged children to join us for an evening filled with entertainment and love,” she added.

She also said that when the children go back, they should feel their stomachs filled with food, hearts filled with joy and minds filled with confidence.

Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, General Secretary, BJP, Gurgaon District – who was the chief guest – graced the show and encouraged the children to follow this path of sharing and giving.

A special screening was also arranged for the children along with sharing of some toys, books, food and lots of laughter.

India, with about 430 million children has the world’s largest child population with every sixth child in the world referring to India as home. Although children constitute over a third of India’s population, their interests are not a top priority and their rights are violated every day.

Ipsaa is a daycare centre for children within the age group of 6 months to 12 years. The centres are created for parents of young children who face the challenge of demanding careers and other pressures that hinder them from giving their children the kind of attention that they would want to, in this early stage of their lives.

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